As news continues to pour in about U2’s management changes, I am left still more thinking that this will likely be the end of the band after the next release.
So it appears, at least according to this BillBoard article, that Paul McGuiness, the only manager U2 has ever known and sly architect of giving U2 control of their own masters, has already stepped back and that Oseary is already in place, despite the deal around Principle Management and Live Nation not being complete as yet.
On top of that, their current touring deal with Live Nation, which expires in 2020, opens up some questions that the answers to would point to the coming end.
So we now know the album is expected to be released in April 2014 (with expected massive announcement during the SuperBowl – and likely new single being aired for the first time). That would put a world tour starting around July 2014.
If the tour is a mix of arena and stadium, which I would expect though the focus will likely be more intimate arena shows, that’s a minimum of two years, more likely two-and-a-half to three years as they will want breaks and will try to hit everywhere is they can manage it without overdoing it. That takes us into 2017.
In 2017 there’s little chance they will record, release and tour again after two-to-three years on the road. Wouldn’t make much sense. And even if they have the next album in the can already (and we know that is insanely unlikely) the pressures of more touring in 2018, when Bono is turning 58 years old, would seem a bit nuts.
I would expect another greatest hits to follow at the end of the tour. I believe the delays and endless reworks of songs and changes in production over the last few years all point to an attempt to blow our minds one last time and call it a day. All this perhaps points to a classic U2 song being written for Paul McGuiness.
If you walkaway, walkaway, I walkaway, walkaway. I will follow…